A brilliant, colorful mehndi party is one of many vibrant celebrations that are part of a traditional Indian or South East Asian wedding. Mehndi, also known as henna or mehendi, is a plant-derived paste applied on a bride’s hands and feet as a temporary form of skin decoration before wedding ceremonies. It’s meant to serve as a symbol of good luck, and the designs are so gorgeous!
These six ingenious inspirations are sure to spark your own ideas for a radiant and festive mehndi, sangeet, or even an engagement party!
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1. A Bright, Glamorous Stage
It’s all about the bright colors! You need a pretty stage for the mehndi artist and photo ops, so why not deck it out in all the colors under the rainbow? Drape bright pink, orange, green and blue fabrics to create a beautiful backdrop.
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Hang multi-colored lanterns on the stage or group a few small ones on tables.
2. Fun Seating for Guests
Allow your guests to mingle on comfortable seating. Lounge seating with lots of plush pillows is perfect for a mehndi party. If your event is outdoors, add a burst of color with umbrellas that match the decor.
3. Simple Table Décor
Keep table décor simple with small mehndi-inspired lanterns and votives. Include gold elephant tea light holders that guests can take home as a favor.
Include henna motifs throughout your decor. Place signs with pretty henna designs on tables as centerpieces or on a small table near the stage.
4. Cute Favors
Get creative with your favors! Stick bindis on foil-wrapped chocolates and place them in a cute peacock favor box as a sweet gift for the girls.
5. Delectable Snacks & Drinks
Serve savory snacks like traditional chaat, which is a vegetarian snack usually served from street food carts in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Set up a station where guests can choose from a delicious selection.
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Guests will need a refreshing drink to go with their snacks. Set up a chai bar so guests can prepare their own hot cup of tea!
6. Pretty Desserts
Cookies in square, paisley, and hand shapes with intricate mehndi designs are tasty desserts that also complement the party décor.
These brightly colored paisley cookies are almost too pretty to eat!
Party Tip: Include a few cookies in a bag for a treat guests can take home.
Which inspiration is your favorite?